Premier League Football Tips: 30th & 31st January
Well, after the £6 profit at the weekend, we followed that up with a better profit of £21.50 in the midweek games, but in truth, I am a bit miffed at that!
That’s because I watched the Everton v Leicester game, which I had backed the Foxes to win and how Leicester didn’t manage to score another goal against the Toffees in a dominant second half display, I will never know. They fully deserved the win, but just could not find the net.
Even so, another profit means we are now two sets of tips in a row with a plus balance at the end of things after a couple of weeks of small losses, so that has evened things up nicely heading into the final set of fixtures in January.
We are back with the Premier League this weekend, and with another set of games in midweek to come next week, check back for more tips coming for you on Monday/Tuesday next week.
This weekend though sees some intriguing games including Sheffield United looking to complete an unlikely double of wins in Manchester by taking on Man City at the Etihad just days after beating Man Utd at Old Trafford. Liverpool stay in London where they face 5th placed West Ham United while Everton will be confident of taking the points against a Newcastle side that has gone ten games without a win.
The big game this weekend though is at the Emirates Stadium where in form Arsenal take on a Man Utd side that still must be shellshocked following their loss to Sheffield United.
Here’s my tips for this weekend’s action.
Premier League Tips: Saturday 30th January
Everton battled hard to secure a point against Leicester in midweek at home and they will be happy with that after hanging on at times in that game. James Rodriguez goal should give him confidence to be at his best as the Toffee’s face a Newcastle team in something of a crisis.
The pressure is on manager Steve Bruce after six defeats in a row and they are without a win in ten games. Goalscoring is the biggest problem Newcastle have with just 19 goals scored in their 20 games this season.
Bruce has been experimenting with new formations and systems in recent games but none have really worked that well and I think this is a team looking destined to get dragged into the relegation battle.
This should be a relatively comfortable afternoon for Everton as I think they’ll keep a clean sheet and get at least a couple of goals to secure a solid home win.
A week ago, United were title contenders and looking unbeatable after knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup. However, a stunning 2-1 defeat at home to Sheffield United, the bottom club, has cost them top spot in the table and now puts added pressure on them to get a positive result here with Leicester and Liverpool ready to pounce behind them in the table.
That may be more difficult that it sounds given Arsenal have been unbeaten in their last six EPL games, winning five and they are starting to look the real deal under Mikel Arteta once again. The loan signing of Martin Odegaard too should give them an extra dimension.
That said, I do think that Arsenal back line is still very suspect against the best teams. An out of sorts Chelsea couldn’t trouble them, but I feel United will be desperate to bounce back after their midweek loss and their attack I feel, will cause Arsenal lots of problems.
This could be a cracker and I think it will be a much better game than the 1-0 win Arsenal had at Old Trafford earlier this season. We could see a few goals in this one but I think more of them will go to United than the home side.
Southampton are something of a bogey team for Aston Villa. The Saints have won six of the last seven between the teams and have lost just one of the last twelve, winning eight of those games.
That sounds promising for a Southampton win but it should be noted that Villa’s last two wins in this fixture have both come away from home and their last draw also came at St Mary’s back in December 2015.
Both these sides had good starts but their form has tailed off a little of late but both will be more than satisfied to be in a comfortable mid-table position. I know the history suggests a Southampton win here, but I think with Danny Ings not quite fit and their form not great, plus Villa being so strong in defence, that may be a big ask.
After a lot of to and froing here, I have decided to go with my gut instinct that this will be an entertaining draw.
Football Tips: Sunday 31st January
A quick look at the recent record of this fixture doesn’t make great reading for West Ham fans with seven defeats in their last eight games, including all the last three between the teams. In those 9 games, Liverpool have scored 26 goals to the Hammers 8.
Yet, recent form suggests a much better prospect for West Ham. They have won all their last six games in all competitions and have moved up to 5th in the Premier League table. Defensively they look excellent having conceded just three goals in their last seven games, scoring 12 in the process.
Liverpool though bounced back to winning ways and put in a much better performance away to Spurs in midweek. That 3-1 victory could well be the catalyst for the return to form that Reds fans are demanding. It should also be noted that their three away wins in the Premier League this season have all come in London (Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Tottenham).
Games between these two teams can sometimes be tricky to predict but I think Liverpool’s confidence will be boosted by that win in midweek and if Fabinho is fit enough to come into the team to replace Matip, I think the Reds will steal the win here either by a 2-1 or 3-1 scoreline.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.